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post #1 of 16 Old 12-08-2012, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone run a switch for their cargo light?

If so, how did you run the wires? I have a switch and want to use it for the cargo light. Where did you get the hot wire from for the switch, and how did you run the wire up to the cargo light and tie it in so that the light works normally and comes on when the doors open, but also comes on with the switch if the doors are closed? I want to be able to see my cargo at night while driving down the road. That's currently impossible to do since the interior lights come on with the cargo light.
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Well, anything can be done electronically.

I don't know if the cargo light runs on the same circut as the interior lights, but if it does, a relay could be wired up to a switch to activate the cargo lights.

But you'd have to diode isolate the circut so it wouldn't feed power back to the interior lights when you flipped that switch.

I'll take a look and see where the wire goes from the cargo lights, you might have to put the diodes very close to the cargo lights if it is on the same circut as the interior lights.

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I got it figured out. I did the relay thing so that the light works normal, but is also connected to the switch. I'll do a write up when I get a chance.
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I like this idea. Looking forward to the write up!


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It's pretty simple to do. I didn't take pictures while doing it, but I will get some pictures taken so that y'all can see where and how the wires are run.
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I'd like to do this as well, can you please post a write up when you get the time? Thanks!

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Yeah. I gotta get some pictures because they will help out a lot. The problem is, by the time I get home from work, it's dark and it's recently been kind of cold here in Texas. I will get the pictures this weekend and then do the write up.
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Yeah. I gotta get some pictures because they will help out a lot. The problem is, by the time I get home from work, it's dark and it's recently been kind of cold here in Texas. I will get the pictures this weekend and then do the write up.
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u could skip a relay and use a rectifier diode inline from the interior lights to the cargo to isolate them

this only lets the electricity flow one way but would work like OEM

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The relay works too. Cargo lights work just like from the factory, but are also hooked to a switch. Probably more ways to skin this cat. It might be good for you to do a complete write up using the rectifier diode so that guys can choose which way they want to do it.
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